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Dark side of the moon; Werhner von Braun, the Third Reich, and the space race.


Dark side of the moon; Werhner von Braun, the Third Reich, and the space race.

Biddle, Wayne.

W.W. Norton


220 pages




Hailed in the 1950s and 1960s as a hero of the U.S. effort to land a man on the moon, German-born rocket scientist Werner von Braun had a past in which he ran a Nazi weapons project that used slave labor to build the V-2 missiles that rained death and destruction on wartime London. Von Braun maintained that he knew nothing about slavery in the missile factories--he was just a non-political man of science working towards the development of space travel. In this book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Biddle maintains that von Braun not only knew about the use of slave labor, but that he had willingly hitched his scientific star to the Nazi war machine. Further, the author claims that U.S. authorities glossed over von Braun's Nazi past in order to obtain his expertise for the military. This unsettling book will make readers think hard about the responsibility that scientists have over how the products of their research are used.

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Date:Mar 1, 2010
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